March 21 Devotional

What motivates your everyday actions?  I have noticed that guys who fall in love with a girl will change all kinds of personal habits they might have had before.  I have even known guys to start using deodorant and brushing their teeth.  Some have changed the clothing they wear, or the time they wake up.  I have seen some change their friends because of the love they have for that girl!  It is amazing what love will do to a person.  Real love influences everything in a person’s life.

 

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He replied; “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).  Do you think love is an important thing in the plan of God?

 

I believe that the Bible teaches that it is the underlying motivation to the things that God wants us to do with our lives.  When we think about the commandments, we often think of a list of “do’s,” and “don’ts.”  When God thinks about the commandments, He thinks about a love that motivates us to please the One we love.  We all have changed behavior, thinking, clothing, and time schedules for the love of someone else in our lives.

 

I remember when our first child was born.  Our whole world changed at that moment and has never gone back to “normal” again!  I’m glad for the change, because love has filled the changes from the beginning until today.  Love for that little girl (and all our other children / grandchildren since) has made a drastic and wonderful change in our family.  While others might have viewed children as a tax-write off, or a bother, we have seen them as an opportunity to love and to be loved back.

 

I learned an important lesson from a childhood friend about discipline.  Both he and I were disciplined often as kids.  One day we were discussing a time of discipline for him.  He told me that he never cried when his father (Step-father) spanked him, explaining that he did not love his father.  I told him that I start crying way before I was spanked.  I understood for the first time that day that I was crying because I had disappointed my Mom and Dad, who I loved very much.  Do you love God enough to want to obey His commandments?  He made you to love God fully each day!  Obey today!

 

Did I do my all … when no one knew and no one saw?” – Dr. Ted Camp